— The referees had their say in Game 2.

When given a chance to respond, the Miami Heat preferred to keep focus on what they control. They said they will not let the closely called game Wednesday in Miami dictate how they play the remainder of their series against the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

"We're not giving any thought to the officiating," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "They're not going to help us or hurt us in what we're trying to do. We're focusing on playing to our identity and being able to do that on the road in a tough environment against a competitive team, and be able to deal with all the emotions that we can expect on the road. That's our focus, not the things that we can't control."

The league assigned veteran referee Joey Crawford to officiate Friday's game at United Center. The move came after nine technicals and two flagrant fouls were called in Game 2. Crawford is one of the NBA's most controlling officials.

"Who cares?" Bulls center Joakim Noah said. "It has no impact on the game."'

Many felt the physical play was excessive in Game 2, but players from both sides said it was exaggerated.

"Each game is different," Spoelstra said. "We're just going to focus on playing our game and focus on the things that we can control. Some of the emotions or anything that came out toward the end of the game or even during the course of the game, it's not indicative of how the game was played. It was a physical basketball game. I think both teams thought it was clean, and I don't think anything was over the top."

The Heat say the officiating will not affect their strategy the rest of the series. Game 4 is Monday at United Center.

"We can't do nothing about it," guard Dwyane Wade said. "Our goal is to come out and just play basketball. Whatever happens in the game, we have to be able to withstand it."

Heat forward LeBron James said he will continue to play aggressively despite the referees' paying closer attention.